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post #1 of 14 Old 04-08-2008, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Well I now have over 400 miles on the KLR, I am working on a ride report for when the break in period is over and I can run it through its paces. But after 400 miles you have a good idea of how a bike will meet your expectations.

So was it a mistake to trade off ďMĒ a fast muscle cruiser full of attitude and a love for the road for bike that was designed with compromise as the theme? The Suzuki M95 was a great road bike, it got reasonable gas mileage (just a tick under 40 mpg), it looked and sounded mean, there was more then enough power, and it was a comfortable cruiser.

In contrast the KLR is a light high seated bike that looks to be better suited for trail riding then for the road. A dirt bike with a fairing which make it look a little cumbersome and heavy. It doesnít look like it would be fun to sit on for a 300 mile jaunt and the fairing looks utterly useless except as a design queue. The sound it emits doesnít exactly inspire respect. Riding late one night tooling through a field the rabbits just laughed at the bike not the least bit afraid.

After 400 miles here is what I can tell you, first at 350 miles I finally decided to fill the bike up, it had not yet hit reserve. It took 5.5 gallons that is 63 mpg, I imagine that will go down some after the break in period is over and I can actually ride with the flow of traffic.

On the road that little fairing is very impressive, no it doesnít keep the wind off but it does reduce buffeting to nil. It has a very smooth ride much smoother then ďMĒ had and in the twisties it is very capable and sure footed. Acceleration, well being limited to 4k it is hard to tell, but I can tell you that when you hit 3K it is like flipping a switch, almost like an old 2 stroke. None the less it gets up to speed quite nicely.

Off Road, I havenít had a lot of time to play off road and there isnít much trail riding around here, but I have tooled around and over some rough ground, taken it over a few small hills, through some mud and across gravel and sand. For the most part it handles these things well. I have to remember certain things like getting the weight off the front wheel when in the mud, sand, and gravel but even when I didnít still handled well. Up hill so far has been point it and go nothing to tax it at all.

To this point I am very pleased, it is a fun bike to jump on and just go exploring. In traffic it is much easier to handle then ďMĒ was. With the tail bag it has even become a grocery getter.

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Amen brother!
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What kind of tail bag did you get?

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It is a Field Sheer the dealer threw it in. I believe they were selling it for $59 which isn't bad. I will probablly get a hard case down the road.

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I love my 08 klr. I bought it for my 50 mi commute, I have twisties and some graverl depending on the route. Regular 50 mpg so far. (880 mi).
Having built hundreds of m/c motors, I highly agree with Moto-man's technique.
My break-in was done 500 miles ago though I've not seen redline yet. No need. The quiet exhaust is stealth for bootleggin' trails.
It ain't no dirtbike, I have a ktm400 that is one.
No farkle

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did you put the 16 tooth spoket on it cause the best ive ever gotten is 50 mpgs usualy 42 or 43.
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did you put the 16 tooth spoket on it cause the best ive ever gotten is 50 mpgs usualy 42 or 43.
Nope it is dead stock except for the tail bag.

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42 - 43 doesn't sound quite right. That is what i was getting with a Main jet way too large and running way rich. I'm over 350# and still averaged between 48 and 52 MPG, just depending on how much fun I was wanting to have. Albeit mine is an 07.

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400 miles later was 480 miles ago

Actually mine has 880 on it now. As fas as the 50mpg; mine is all stock so far.
Generally running up and down the rev range around 5k rpm (about 70mph) back and forth to work in twisty roads, so not baby'ing it. I run it thru the gears, occassionally seeing hi-er rpm, like up 6-7k rpm.
I intend to go for some really good fuel mileage. To this point I wanted to get it broke in(95% done) and baseline the fuel mileage at 50-52
I will go taller on the gearing and shorten the hbars to ge out of the wind.
Will have special rear sprockets done as I want taller than usually available.
I think there is only room for one tooth more on the front.
Also I have arranged to have a better windscreen made to advance the areo pkg for comfort and ability to pull taller gear.
Haven't put a wrench on it yet except for changing the oil twice.
Oh yeah, and adjusting the headlite aiming.
I am enjoying my rides on it. I have not ridden on the streets and road regularly for the last 20 odd years. My riding has been offroad and on roadrace tracks, deeming roads to be more dangerous. A lond time ago, before I could afford cars and trucks I rode street daily for years. But, I digress.

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I know what you mean. I haven't been on the road for about 15-years myself. I have some long rides planned for next year but right now I am just enjoying the new bike with a week or so more to go with break in.
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